Spain to reject Brexit deal unless Gibraltar issue clarified

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"If on Sunday in the @EUCouncil the Brexit deal does not recognise that Gibraltar's situation must be negotiated directly between Spain and the United Kingdom, this government will not accept it", Sanchez said on Twitter.

Spain is the only among 27 countries that has voiced opposition to the deal because it deems unclear the wording of how Gibraltar, the British territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, would be dealt with.

Noting how Spain was obliged to accept British positions on Gibraltar when it was negotiating its 1986 accession to the bloc, a decade after Britain had joined, a senior European Union official said London now had to accept that "the tables have turned".

During an event organized in Madrid by The Economist magazine, the Social Democrat leader stated that Spain will reject London's withdrawal pact from the European Union - a process known as Brexit - if no clarifications are made about Gibraltar's status.

Regardless of any future talks regarding Gibraltar, the much disputed territory is set to leave the European Union along with the United Kingdom in March, despite the fact that 96 percent of its population voted against Brexit.

May's official spokesman said: "The draft withdrawal agreement agreed last week covers Gibraltar".

Noting how Spain was obliged to accept British positions on Gibraltar when it was negotiating its 1986 accession to the bloc, a decade after Britain had joined, a senior European Union official said London now had to accept that "the tables have turned".

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Picardo, who returned from Madrid on Wednesday morning, said that work has concluded and is now "subject only to text stabilization, legal checks and minor clarifications", according to a Gibraltar government release.

"It is not realistic to expect Gibraltar to become part of Spain", Gomez Arana said, noting that a 2002 referendum saw 99 percent of the population say that it did not agree that Britain and Spain should share sovereignty of the territory.

Spain's government has threatened to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal over the thorny issue of Gibraltar.

Spain ramped up Brexit tensions today by jibing that the United Kingdom will "split apart before we do".

"We will be very attentive to the political declaration on the future relationship, again on the issues of fair competition and on the access of fishermen to British waters", she added.

Gibraltar Rock is seen last week near the British overseas territory's border with Spain.

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